New Year, New You! We all make resolutions to eat healthier and to do so effectively, making your lunches is a great way to start! You eat healthier and save money! You’ve done the math and realized how much of your paycheck has been going to eating out and it’s nearly the cost modest vacation to Hawaii! The first step in bagging your lunch is preparation. You first have to decide what it is you want to eat for your lunches. Here are a few tips to creating a meal plan:
- When it comes to left overs try eating them one day after you prepared the dish at home. You don’t want to get tired of always eating the same thing you had the night before. That can become boring and making eating out more appealing.
- Purchase meat that can be used in a variety of dishes. For instance, you can cook a pound of hamburger meet and use half for tacos and half for spaghetti
- Be realistic with what you buy. If you’re not a salad person, you’re not going to suddenly become a salad person overnight.
- Your meals should have variety. It’s the spice of life.
- Make sure to add as much vegetables and fruits as you can. (The fresher the better)
The next step once you have purchased your items is Preparation. Cooking all your meals at once may seem like a lot, but you will save money in the long run. You should also vary your lunches between hot and cold. Having stir fry one day and peanut butter and jelly the next is a good way to keep from getting bored.
Once you have cooked all of your hot meals make sure to keep them in sealable reusable containers. You can mark them which day of the week you plan on taking them with a grease pen.
If you are anything like me, taking your lunch to work will take some getting used to. I am the kind of person who usually does all the work, only to forget to take the lunch to work on the following Monday. The last step is may be the easiest but can seem like the hardest. Remember to take your lunch to work.
(*It’s okay to go out to lunch occasionally. You won’t be able to cook every meal but try to limit yourself to once a week and gradually get it down to once a month.)